American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago


Do you have to be at an ideal weight for liposuction or tummy tuck?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: trenton, OH

Replies 6

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

Lord knows we should all be at our ideal weight. I always suggest to my patients that if weight loss is an "achievable goal", they should try and achieve it before surgery to give me the opportunity to give them the best results. If you lose weight after an abdominoplasty, you may notice loosening of the skin again which can lessen your result.

We do know that complications, such as wound healing difficulties and blood clots in the legs, are greater in heavier patients, so weight loss is the one thing a patient can do to make the surgery safer for themselves.

Daniel Schmid
ASPS Surgeon

It is always best to be at your ideal weight as this will give you the best result and have the least possibility of having a complication.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. It is always best to be at your ideal weight in order to achieve the best, long-term results. Talk to your surgeon about your goals and expectations as they can best inform you of surgical options and safety

Adolfo Sesto
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hi. It is very important for diminish risk and complication, and get the most from surgery (best results)to be near your ideal weight, and if that is not possible at least not to be obese. Obesity is a morbidity factor in plastic surgery that raise risk and complications, so keep in mind that the less overweight you are for surgery, the less possibility of complications and best possible results may be achieve.

It will be ideal to be in the proper weight but that is not always possible, so it all depends on the results of the pre op tests, and the plastic surgeon's evaluation.

Daniel Medalie
ASPS Surgeon
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In an ideal world everyone is at their ideal body weight. But I don't mind operating on patients who are overweight. In fact I wold prefer that they are healthy but don't try to lose a great deal of weight prior to surgery because for several months after the surgery they will not be able to work out as much and may then gain the weight back.

Curtis Wong
ASPS Surgeon

There are not hard rules about being at your ideal weight. Its way more important to be at a weight that you can maintain through your diet and lifestyle. Stable weights ensure results will stand the test of time. I have no reservations about working with obese patients (BMI > 30) as long as they promise to keep their weight stable.


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